2005 in British music

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2000s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
1999 2010
Top 10 singles
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
1999 2010

This is a summary of 2005 in music in the United Kingdom.


On 14 January pop band Busted announced that they were to split. The band had released two albums and topped the singles chart four times. Other British artists who did well in the charts included The Chemical Brothers, James Blunt, McFly, Sugababes, Arctic Monkeys, Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, Oasis and Robbie Williams. Stereophonics earned their first number-one single with "Dakota". Kate Bush returned to the music world after a 12-year absence with the single "King of the Mountain", which became her biggest UK hit in 20 years by reaching No. 4, and was followed on 7 November by the acclaimed double album Aerial, which reached No. 3 and was certified platinum.

The Comic Relief single of the year, the double A-side of "All About You" and "You've Got a Friend" by McFly, reached the top of the chart on 13 March. It was knocked off by a second Comic Relief single – a reissue of Tony Christie's "Is This the Way to Amarillo" with the associated video that featured comedian Peter Kay alongside various guest stars.

Headliners at the major festivals included: The Foo Fighters and Green Day at T in the Park; Faithless, Morrissey and R.E.M. at the Isle of Wight Festival; Feeder, Black Sabbath and System of a Down at the Download Festival; Scissor Sisters and Oasis at V Festival; Basement Jaxx and Faithless at Creamfields; New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian at the Wireless Festival; Foo Fighters, Pixies and Iron Maiden at the Carling Weekend, while Glastonbury seen White Stripes, Coldplay and Basement Jaxx headline.

The world of jazz and avant garde music lost one of its pioneers at the end of this year, with the death of free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey on Christmas Day.

In addition to his appearance at the Pink Floyd reunion, Roger Waters released his first opera, Ça Ira.[1] , as a CD, with Bryn Terfel among the performers. Another "crossover" composer, Christian Forshaw, brought out Mortal Flesh, notable for featuring saxophone as the lead instrument in a classical work. Other British composers with new works included successful film composer Stephen Warbeck, who scored a new ballet, Peter Pan, and Northern Irish composer Ian Wilson, whose concerto, Sullen Earth, had its first performance. For the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, Alun Hoddinott produced a Celebration Fanfare]],[2] and another Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins, released his Requiem, which quickly topped the classical charts. Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, continued his series of Naxos Quartets with nos. 6 and 7.

Extracts from James Whitbourn's new oratorio, Annelies (based on The Diary of Anne Frank) were first performed at the National UK Holocaust Memorial Day in Westminster Hall, London on 27 January; the full première of the work took place in April.[3]


Classical music[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Film scores[edit]


Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 2005 BRIT Awards winners were:

A Special BRITs 25 Award for the best single from the past 25 years was awarded to Robbie Williams "Angels".

Classical BRITs[edit]

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 2005 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now

Popjustice £20 Music Prize[edit]

The 2005 Popjustice £20 Music Prize was awarded to Girls Aloud for their song "Wake Me Up" from the album What Will The Neighbours Say?

The Record of the Year[edit]

The Record of the Year was awarded to "You Raise Me Up" by Westlife.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ça Ira premieres in Rome". rogerwaters.org. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alun Hoddinott: Popular Neo-Romantic composer and teacher who contributed greatly to Welsh cultural life". The Times. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "NEW ORATORIO BASED ON THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK". Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ Talbot, Martin (19 March 2005). "New chart sparks race against time". Music Week: 6. 
  5. ^ Nicola Benedetti (IMG Artist)
  6. ^ Mat Fraser on why he felt compelled to write Thalidomide!! A Musical | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
  7. ^ "Brian Cookman". The Daily Telegraph. London. 5 April 2005. Retrieved 9 December 2012.